Dr. Chengshan Xiao joins faculty as professor and department chair

Dr. Chengshan Xiao has joined Lehigh University’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science as Professor and Chandler Weaver Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Xiao, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, served as professor at Missouri University of Science & Technology, and as a program director with the National Science Foundation’s Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems. An internationally-recognized researcher and educator in communications, high-frequency technologies and theoretical electrical engineering, Dr. Xiao explores topics such as wireless communications, signal processing, and underwater acoustic communications.

“We are pleased to welcome Chengshan to the Lehigh Engineering community,” says Stephen P. DeWeerth, professor and dean of the Rossin College. “His background in managing an academic enterprise that fuses research and education, along with the international experience that informs his perspective, makes him a great fit for Lehigh―and the clear choice from among a very competitive set of candidates.”

In previous academic appointments, Xiao has served on the faculty of Tsinghua University, the University of Alberta, and University of Missouri-Columbia, and has held visiting professor positions in Germany and Hong Kong. He has also served as a senior member of the scientific staff with Nortel Networks. He is recipient of several distinguished research awards, including the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. He holds three U.S. patents, and algorithms he helped to develop have been implemented in Nortel's base station radios.

Xiao continues to play an active role within IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society, as well. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I, and of the international journal Multidimensional Systems and Signal Processing. For the IEEE’s Communications Society, he has served as an elected member of its Board of Governors, a member of its Fellow Evaluation Committee, Director of its Conference Publications, and as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is Founding Chair of the Technical Committee on Wireless Communications, and in 2010 served as Technical Program Chair for the International Conference on Communications. He is recipient of several IEEE awards, including the Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Award (2014) as well as the Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award (2015).

A native of Ganzhou, China, Xiao earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronic engineering in China from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and from Tsinghua University, respectively, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Sydney in Australia.

In his new role as chair of Lehigh’s ECE Department, Xiao succeeds Dr. Svetlana Tatic-Lucic, who has served in an interim capacity since August of last year.